Cover image for Hello color : 25 bright ideas for DIY decor / Rachel Mae Smith.
Hello color : 25 bright ideas for DIY decor / Rachel Mae Smith.
Title Variants:
Hello color :

25 bright ideas for do-it-yourself decor

twenty-five bright ideas for DIY decor
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Quirk Books, [2018]

Physical Description:
165 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
The living room -- The dining room -- The kitchen -- The bedroom.
"Goodbye ordinary--HELLO COLOR! Get bold and bright with this book of colorful DIY decor projects! Hello Color will help you make your home shine with just a few minutes and easy-to-find materials. Blogger and crafter Rachel Mae Smith is all about bringing brightness to everything, from Instagram pictures to her popular website, and now home crafters and aspirational DIYers can too. With 25 simple and fun home accessory projects like whimsical wall art, colorful coasters, dip-dyed napkins, and planters that pop, Rachael shares her signature style in every item. You'll also learn to create foolproof palettes, pick the right color for every space, and--of course--shoot gorgeous pictures! Bonus tear-out mini-posters in the back make it oh-so-easy to decorate your space in a flash."--Page [4] of cover.


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747.94 SMI Book Adult General Collection

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Liven up your apartment and make your home space vibrant with 25 simple and fun step-by-step home accessory projects--all doable in under 30 minutes!--like pop-tastic wall art, colorful coasters, and bold and bright dishes and mugs. No matter whether she's writing for her blog, snapping pictures for Instagram, or just living her life, Rachel Mae Smith is all about the simple joys of making by hand and bringing brightness to everything. And now, with a book full of delightful projects, Rachel's bringing her unique and cheerful style to home crafters and aspirational DIYers everywhere. Helpful sidebars suggest palettes for creating a perfect set of hues and share tips for picking the right color for every space. Plus ideas for perking up pillowcases, napkins, hangers, and other pre-fab necessities, tips for preserving color, how-tos on working with specific materials, ideas for entertaining, and--of course--a guide to shooting pictures!

Author Notes

Rachel Mae Smith is a lifestyle writer, photographer, and author of the popular blog The Crafted Life. Her work centers on making fun and colorful projects using accessible items and techniques to help readers create items that convey personal style without stress. She has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes Gardens, and Real Simple, among others. When she's not brushing glitter out of her hair, you can find her exploring and color hunting around the world. Visit her online at and on Instagram at @thecraftedlife.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Lifestyle author Smith offers practical and adventurous projects to animate one's home with the extravagant use of color. The book's projects revolve around average objects that can be enlivened with a new coat of paint, such as terra-cotta pots, catch-all trays, wooden clothes hangers, and centerpieces. Beyond providing basic instructions for the projects, she explains color theory and shows how to determine workable color schemes while offering tips for mixing and matching colors. Then, room by room, she leads a walking tour of ways to spruce up living space with simple touches. The projects include marble-dipped utensil holders for the kitchen, a set of rainbow-painted chairs for the dining room, and a decorated mirror frame for the bedroom. There's a whole chapter filled with tear-out-and-frame wall art. The projects themselves are simple and require little to no expertise, making this guide perfectly suited for crafty teens or anyone looking for a low-cost way to add personality to their home or dorm room. Color photos. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.



Table of Contents: INTRODUCTION: 9 Welcome to My Colorful World 11 Color Theory 101 CHAPTER ONE: THE LIVING ROOM 23 Wall Art, Three Ways 31 Party Animal Coasters 35 Catch-All Mini Tray 39 Colorful Planter, Three Ways 49 Fancy Footed Vase 51 Pom-Pom Basket 55 Style Your Space: Bar Carts for Beginners 60 Get Colorful: Amp Up Your Neutrals CHAPTER TWO: THE DINING ROOM 67 Two Quick Centerpieces 73 Three Pretty Napkins 81 Embellished Placemats 83 Salt & Pepper Shaker Makeover 87 Painted Chair Set 89 Style Your Space: How to Set a Charming Table 94 Get Colorful: Warm and Cool Colors CHAPTER THREE: THE KITCHEN 101 Color-Blocked Trivets 103 Rainbow-Scalloped Sugar and Flour Canisters 107 Marble-Dipped Utensil Holder 109 Bright Hanging Planter 113 Rainbow-Stamped Dish Towels 115 Photo Magnets 118 Style Your Space: Creative Ways to Organize Supplies 122 Get Colorful: Bolds and Brights CHAPTER FOUR: THE BEDROOM 129 Wooden Hanger Makeover 131 Instagram Wall Art 135 Mini Photo Blocks 137 Colorful Mirror 141 Mini Bud Vase 143 Pom-Pom Votive Candle Holder 147 Geometric Patterned Pillow 149 Mini Bookcase Makeover 153 Style Your Space: Staging a Beautiful Bookcase 156 Get Colorful: Pastels 160 Photography Tips 165 Resources 166 Tear-Out Artwork 175 About the Author 175 Acknowledgments Excerpted from Hello Color: 25 Bright Ideas for DIY Decor by Rachel Mae Smith All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Welcome to My Colorful Worldp. 9
Color Theory 101p. 11
Chapter 1 The Living Room
Wall Art, Three Waysp. 23
Party Animal Coastersp. 31
Catch-All Mini Trayp. 35
Colorful Planter, Three Waysp. 39
Fancy Footed Vasep. 49
Pom-Pom Basketp. 51
Style Your Space: Bar Carts for Beginnersp. 55
Get Colorful: Amp Up Your Neutralsp. 60
Chapter 2 The Dining Room
Two Quick Centerpiecesp. 67
Three Pretty Napkinsp. 73
Embellished Placematsp. 81
Salt & Pepper Shaker Makeoverp. 83
Painted Chair Setp. 87
Style Your Space: How to Set a Charming Tablep. 89
Get Colorful: Warm and Cool Colorsp. 94
Chapter 3 The Kitchen
Color-Blocked Trivetsp. 101
Rainbow-Scalloped Sugar and Flour Canistersp. 103
Marble-Dipped Utensil Holderp. 107
Bright Hanging Planterp. 109
Rainbow-Stamped Dish Towelsp. 113
Photo Magnetsp. 115
Style Your Space: Creative Ways to Organize Suppliesp. 118
Get Colorful: Bolds and Brightsp. 122
Chapter 4 The Bedroom
Wooden Hanger Makeoverp. 129
Instagram Wall Artp. 131
Mini Photo Blocksp. 135
Colorful Mirrorp. 137
Mini Bud Vasep. 141
Pom-Pom Votive Candle Holderp. 143
Geometric Patterned Pillowp. 147
Mini Bookcase Makeoverp. 149
Style Your Space: Staging a Beautiful Bookcasep. 153
Get Colorful: Pastelsp. 156
Photography Tipsp. 160
Resourcesp. 165
Tear-Out Artworkp. 166
About the Authorp. 175
Acknowledgmentsp. 175